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Updated to Q3 2018
Production rates rose in the quarter, as feedstock prices cooled off. Earlier on, high styrene monomer (SM) prices had prevented producers from running at high rates due to high margins, but as SM prices fell, operating rates picked up as well. Later in the quarter, sellers struggled to place cargoes outside of the region as production costs were relatively higher. Inventory levels built up as a result.
Demand was firmer from the previous quarter due to an increase in manufacturing for exports. Q3 did see decent demand, particularly compared with Q2 as high prices deterred buyers from picking up larger volumes, but market players noted that the mood was still somewhat subdued – some buyers had switched to cheaper alternatives, while the trade war between US and China created too much uncertainty. Buyers were still on the conservative side as a result.
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Polystyrene (PS) is a thermoplastic polymer and is available in several forms: general purpose (crystal), medium impact, high impact and expandable
The diagram below shows the main method of making polystyrene (PS) from naphtha, a product mainly derived from crude oil.
The ICIS Asian polystyrene (PS) report includes both the general purpose (GP) and high impact (HIPS) grades and covers several key trading markets, most notably Hong Kong and China.
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Coverage on the southeast Asia (SE Asia) market completes the round of the PS market in the Asia-Pacific. Besides tracking traits in the market, the report also comments on the demand-supply situation and reviews plant operating rates in Asia.
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ICIS pricing’s Polystyrene Asia margin report covers integrated and stand-alone (or non-integrated) production of both general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) in both northeast and southeast Asia. The integrated models are based on naphtha, the dominant cracker feedstock in Asia, combined with feedstock benzene sourced from the cracker and, in the case of HIPS, purchased polybutadiene. Full account is taken of cracker co-product credits. The stand-alone models consider GPPS production from purchased styrene and HIPS production from purchased styrene and polybutadiene. All models are based on spot prices.
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